CROOKED: Debut Album Delayed

San Francisco Bay Area's CROOKED (formerly NMSO4) have delayed the release of their recently-completed debut album "due to manufacturing problems." The CD, which was set to be released at the end of November, was produced by ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and engineered by PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC frontman Roman Marisak. CROOKED are scheduled to support ...

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ANKLA: New Drummer Needed

Los Angeles-based ANKLA, featuring PUYA guitarist Ramon Ortiz, Brazilian vocalist Ikaro Stafford, and L.A local J.J. McNeal on bass, are on the lookout for a new drummer. Interested parties can contact the band at [email protected] ...

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DESTRUCTION, KREATOR To Play Russia

DESTRUCTION and KREATOR will perform at a thrash metal festival in Moscow, Russia on Mar. 29, 2003. In other news, a live DESTRUCTION album, "Live Devastation", will be released via King Records in Japan ahead of the group's appearances there in May. A worldwide release is expected in the fall. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Cancels Personal Appearances

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has cancelled all clinic and autograph sessions, originally scheduled to take place this week, due to medical reasons. "I regretfully have to cancel my clinic and autograph sessions this week," Portnoy wrote on the band's official web site. "I am bed-ridden with a bad case of bronchitis and potential pneumonia ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For NO MERCY 2003 European Tour

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will participate in the upcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, according to the official web site of Metallysee Booking Agency. Also scheduled to appear on the trek are TESTAMENT, MARDUK, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DARKANE, and CALLENISH CIRCLE. Confirmed dates ...

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KISS To Play Japan In March

KISS will be playing three concerts at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in early March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 11 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Mar. 12 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Mar. 13 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Prior to public release, advance ticket sales are being offerred from the Udo ...

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HELLOWEEN's MARK CROSS: 'My Heart Is Bleeding'

HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM), whose bout with mononucleosis has prevented him from appearing on the band's forthcoming studio album (the drum tracks on the CD are being recorded by MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee), has posted the following message via his official web site: "How tricky life can be! I cannot believe that a thing like ...

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